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Soft Skills of a Technical Writer

What soft skills should technical writers have when they start their career? Linguistic and technical understanding is important in our profession. So are the soft skills - just like in any other job. more ...

RDF is not XML – RDF serialization and iiRDS metadata

The world of technical writing loves XML. Its document type definitions are the foundation of structured authoring. XML and the underlying schemas structure the content of our information products. The benefits are twofold. Content is consistently structured and easy to read. Authors have an easier time writing the content. The structure provides guidelines for authoring. more ...

How to become a technical writer – Confessions of a former translator

A former translator, I worked the first seven years of my professional life in the translation industry, in various positions. While I learned a lot from this experience, it also left me, as a writer, frustrated. Translators are chained to their source text and writing the words of others in another language, usually focusing on what their clients want. more ...

tekom impressions part 2: API documentation and the VUKA world

Daniela Herbold and Ulrike Parson write about better API documentation and solutions for innovative human resources management. more ...

Impressions from tcworld 2017

Part 1: Improvisation, fluff hunt, and videos for technical documentation. more ...

The Hole has a Name

We have a winner.

From now on, The Hole is called Hamburg Dungeon. Thank you all for participating. Rest assured that we considered all of your suggestions in our not-so-objective voting. The first vote resulted in a 6:6 between Hamburg Dungeon and Red Dragon. A second ballot was needed to determine the winner.

Dungeon, Red Dragon? Yes, we have to make a confession: We love fantasy, some of us anyway: movies, books, TV shows. After work, we withdraw into another world, which so obviously contradicts the cold-hard-fact reality of technical documentation. We exchange the latest Doctor Who season for Outlander books. We discuss whether the Purple Wedding or the Red Wedding will send more Game of Throne fans into therapy, and we talk shop about how to best capture a dragon.

You might be interested which suggestion came third: Icelandic vulcanos. There are 130 of them. Who needs so many meeting rooms? But the suggestion coincides with the latest bunga-bunga of the Icelandic vulcano Bárðarbunga. Have you tried to pronounce Bárðarbunga? You can practice here:

bardarbunga

Source: mbl.is

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